Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Atlantic Update

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(Atlantic-Phone-Outage)

Experts say they are concerned about the security of Atlantic Canada's telecommunications system after widespread outages hit the region Friday.

Veteran consultant Eamon Hoey (EE'-man Hoe-ee) warns that the region's system is heavily reliant on Bell's fibre optic network.

He says it's time the C-R-T-C looks at the need for more backup options for such systems and begins collecting and posting data on outages across the country.

Friday's outages -- caused by cuts in crucial fibre optic links -- affected emergency services, knocked out cellphone coverage for Telus, Bell, Virgin and Koodo customers and interrupted internet and land line services for more than three hours. (The Canadian Press)

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(NL-Speaker-Contest)

First-term Liberal backbencher Pam Parsons has lost her bid to become Newfoundland and Labrador's first female Speaker.

Instead, Perry Trimper -- who had been tapped for the job by Premier Dwight Ball -- won in a secret ballot in the Liberal-dominated legislature.

The 37-year-old Parsons, a former journalist, said she wasn't trying to cause a rift by running against the premier's choice, but had been urged to run by members of all political stripes.

Win or lose, Parsons said it was important to put her name forward, as the number of women in politics continues to lag. (The Canadian Press)

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(NB-Oland-Trial)

Crown prosecutor P-J Veniot says he's hopeful that a retrial for Dennis Oland will be heard sometime in 2018.

Lawyers say there are some details that must be ironed out before they return to court next month and ask the New Brunswick courts to set a date for a new second-degree murder trial for Oland.

He's charged in the death of his multimillionaire father, who was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office in 2011.

Oland was convicted in 2015, but was released on bail last year when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the judge's instructions to the jury. …

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